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Short Forms

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Language is a medium of communication  and expression. The language translates your thoughts into words. Thousands of languages are spoken around the world. English being a common global language.Each language has its own style, rules, spelling, syntax and grammar. It appalls me to see how the English language is butchered during the chats on social media. People shrink the spellings, use acronyms and mangle the beauty of the written word.

great – gr8

love- luv

that- dat

come –cum

why – y

see you- cu

for-4

the- da

I see- ic

ate – 8

bye for now – bfn

I don’t know-idk

let me know-lmk

 

These are some of the short forms we come across daily while texting or updating posts on various social media platforms.

I am not a great fan of such short forms. It hardly takes a few extra seconds to type out the right spelling of the word. Some consider me as “uncool”……….but I don’t mind. I would rather maintain the beauty of the language than to strangle it by chopping the letters.

What do you think?

 

 

 

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99 comments on “Short Forms

  1. AEdit
    February 3, 2017

    I on the other hand find it okay to use this slangs while messaging, but not away from that. They had been the savior during the times i had the keypad phone, and i still use slangs for multiwords like btw, idk..

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      It good that you restrict its usage only to messaging. But what I have seen is that this habit spills over to other forms of writing as well.
      I still belong to the old school of thought I guess😉. Thanks for your feedback!

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      • AEdit
        February 3, 2017

        I completely feel you there. We actually had fellow students in 12th standard, who used them during the english essays and answers.
        Being old school sometimes is the best thing of all.

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Exactly my point. I don’t know if belonging to the old school of thought is the best or not, it’s just that with certain issues the views are pretty strong. Exams coming up next month ?

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      • AEdit
        February 3, 2017

        Going on actually. First year at engineering.

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Good luck 👍

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  2. Amitav Chowdhury
    February 3, 2017

    My sentiments exactly. Distortion of language in unacceptable and I am glad you mentioned this. It’s like shortening the sentiments of language with 2B or not 2B. Although such occurrences are common I am not impressed.

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  3. Deepika Kumaaraguru
    February 3, 2017

    Radhika, please give me a high five!! ❤ I hate abbreviations and text language so much as well! What is with people, seriously? How long will it really take for them to type a sentence correctly? I wrote a similar post long back, titled TEXT LANGUAGE SHOULD BE MADE ILLEGAL 😀 You can check it out if you want, dear:

    https://deepikakumaaraguru24.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/text-language-should-be-made-illegal/

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  4. Fairy Kumar
    February 3, 2017

    I completely agree with you. I hate when some one writes these short forms (I don’t understand a single!!) 👍👍👍

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  5. Sachin patel
    February 3, 2017

    😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

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  6. theonlysup
    February 3, 2017

    i still dont know what on the earth people are willing to do by saving time by wring “k” instead of “OK”

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  7. iampharaohmaktuk
    February 3, 2017

    I get soooooo annoyed by people who constantly just use one word responses… especially when in person they’re extremely talkative, so are just lazier via text
    -__-

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Could be, I am also trying to figure out the logic of their using short forms. In the long run I am sure they will forget the original spelling of the word 🙂

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      • iampharaohmaktuk
        February 3, 2017

        LOL. I’m pretty sure its just because they’re lazy/feel rushed, or would rather abbreviate then take the time to spell out a whole word. Oh well, we have to love and accept them all 🙂

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Or maybe be they feel using such abbreviated version of the language makes them “cool” keeping up with the latest lingo 😓😁

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      • iampharaohmaktuk
        February 3, 2017

        ya bruh, dey jus wan’ sound like ona dem coo cats. idk, ya feel me?

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Haha, no way. It took me a few minutes to read it. I don’t mind being “uncool”. This definitely is not my cup of tea🙂

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      • iampharaohmaktuk
        February 3, 2017

        LOL if you’re a tea drinker opposed to a soda drinker thats pretty cool.

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        🙂🙂👍

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  8. yassy
    February 3, 2017

    You voiced my sentiments Radha. I am beginning to get the hang of emoj, I am old school. I hate internet slang

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  9. thatmishmash
    February 3, 2017

    Am old fashioned too ( if that’s what they’d like to call us ).

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  10. foreverjunoon
    February 3, 2017

    Okay for daily whatsapp msgs but never for blogs and poetry.

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  11. daneelyunus
    February 3, 2017

    You rite Radhika, short forms are not good for writing English. When we chat in social media short forms of English is generally used and sometime i am not understand of new short forms including the-da, why-y, for-4etc.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Same here. I take double the time to read something written in short forms.

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      • daneelyunus
        February 3, 2017

        yes i ask friends what is this word means and then understand the sentence and request for not use the short forms in the sentence.

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  12. DeepikasRamblings
    February 3, 2017

    Totally agree Radhika. First, it was on the button phone, maybe still acceptable. But now with smart phones it’s so easy. If you see, the is 3 letters, while da is 2 letters long. How long does it take to type one more alphabet?? It’s seriously,a murder of the language 😯

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  13. Varsh
    February 3, 2017

    With you on this. Although I have to admit that I end up using one or the other short forms during chats in haste or sometimes just out of impatience.

    Mails, blogs, even comments etc. must be written carefully though.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Absolutely Varsha. Occasional use is still pardonable. But making it a habit kills the beauty of the language.

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      • Varsh
        February 3, 2017

        There are so many blogs I unfollow just because I cannot stand their use of language, even if they are good.

        Written words deserve certain respect. They should be granted that.

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Agree cent percent!

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  14. Aneesh
    February 3, 2017

    Have To Maintain Strict Boundaries!!

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Hmm……A good idea if you are disciplined not to allow it to seep into your normal writings!

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  15. extinct0703
    February 3, 2017

    Joining the club. Many a times when I ask the youngsters not to use abbreviations, I get the reply ‘Mah lyf mah rules’. Hope they don’t write similarly in their exams or official correspondence once they take up profession.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Welcome to the club my friend! Yes, I genuinely hope they don’t use it at school or official correspondence.
      I am still unable to read what is written in the short form 😥

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      • extinct0703
        February 3, 2017

        Thanks, I am Dhiraj.
        Wasn’t shocked, few days back when I received a mail from an executive of a finance company and he had used such short forms at numerous places in the mail, so I suppose we the ‘Old School’ should be mentally prepared of the crippled language in coming times.

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        Thanks Dhiraj! Oh, that is shocking. Its hard for us to accept people make a mockery of the language!

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      • extinct0703
        February 3, 2017

        They do it with out any remorse

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 3, 2017

        😔😓

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  16. Karthik
    February 3, 2017

    yo, dats an amzng blg u hv shrd ;-)….hehe… couldn’t resist that one…
    .
    I guess the credit should go to the initial days of telecom rollout… before the WA era…where SMS’s were not cheap….had and still have a 140 character limit… And this induced habit stuck….and will in all probability be passed onto the generations to come…

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      Hehe, looks like you are a pro at using the abridged version of words. It’s really sad if it is going to continue. The English language will have to come out with a new dictionary 🤔😥

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  17. iamabloggertoo
    February 3, 2017

    That’s quite true about the use of short forms 😀

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  18. Asha Seth
    February 3, 2017

    I share this perception. And the feelings mutual dear. I cringe every time someone types to me in short abbreviated slangs. Really people? What do you do with the extra time saved!

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  19. Joker Shayar
    February 3, 2017

    hehe i am so habitual of using these short forms :P.. and i think twitter made me to do so in starting, then it became a habit.. on twitter, you want to say as much as you can say in the limited 140 character space. so that way its very helpful 🙂 .. and also its fun and style sometimes 😀 😀

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 3, 2017

      But are you able to refrain yourself from using it out of social media?

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      • Joker Shayar
        February 5, 2017

        In starting, I was so much into this that I used to write like this even for my studies 😝, then i start to control it ..Even some of my friends criticize me alot 😛… Now i think I have almost overcome this habbit as before I was using mah for my and meh for me and uh for you hehe…Still I sometimes use that but only in chatting… Not anywhere else 😊

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 5, 2017

        Good to hear that you’ve overcome this habit before it got difficult to come out of it Bunny 😉

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      • Joker Shayar
        February 5, 2017

        Meh want to say uh thanks for appreciating mah this achievement 😂😂
        just kidding..🙊

        Btw I am not getting notifications of your replies..May be my wordpress is going through rough time 😬😬

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 5, 2017

        WordPress acts funny at times 😓

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      • Joker Shayar
        February 5, 2017

        Hehe you are right 😀

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      • radhikasreflection
        February 5, 2017

        🙂🙂

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  20. Shahz
    February 3, 2017

    I do really agree with you Radhi.At times it seems a nuisance in figuring out what the messege is exactly.For me it takes a long time to understand though its called short message service.

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  21. 2ndhalfolife
    February 3, 2017

    I think people in this country (USA) do not know how to spell anymore. Kids do not read as much and they have these kinds of shortcuts now too. So now they do not have a good grasp on the English language and I feel this is sad. I agree that social media is one big culprit too, which is also diminishing the use of the spoken word. No-one seems to be able to have a real conversation anymore either. Major important discussions are done in texts: break-ups etc. This is unkind and mean. We’ve lost the ability to connect…and words were an important way to do this… in books, letters etc. So when we even hack away at the real word, then what do we really have left that makes us human? Just my two cents.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 4, 2017

      You’ve just echoed my voice dear friend. Its really sad and alarming to see the younger generation getting sucked into the virtual world. I feel we were lucky to have an actual connect with people.
      Regarding the short forms, Indians, specially the youngsters are making it a part of their writing, and what is disturbing is, it is seeping into areas beyond the confines of social media too.

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  22. Belle Pans Maze
    February 4, 2017

    I love writing, I love languages, I am in love with words so I am totally with you there. Yet I must confess using asap at times but only at times of necessity :0)

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  23. Divya Deepak Rao
    February 5, 2017

    I’m a 100% with you Radhika! I dislike short forms although off late I’ve resorted to OMG at times! Haha 🙂

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  24. This habit of writing short forms reflects casual approach and is certainly not good for a better language

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  25. Meenakshi Sethi
    February 5, 2017

    I guess we think same Radhika! I love to use language in its old beautiful form! May be we are getting old 😃

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  26. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    February 5, 2017

    I’m not at all a fan of those SMS lingo. I wonder what they do with those precious 2/3 seconds which they save using the shortcuts!!

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  27. Idle Muser
    February 9, 2017

    I too prefer to go with the original forms of words, Radhika, until and unless I am in hurry and do not have even a second to spare for expressing my love for those words. 😀

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  28. kiranmag
    February 11, 2017

    Good morning dear Radhika Di. ..they do it because they want to save time

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  29. thewritewomanblog
    February 14, 2017

    I have caught myself using these slangs in WhatsApp messages but it once so happened that I ended up typing an important mail with ‘grt’ and ‘gud’ instead of the actual word. I am fortunate that if it came to the notice of the receipt, it was not brought up so I quickly checked myself and now think it is so much better to use the full word instead. The ‘cool’ factor is definitely a big reason but I suppose for some it is quick and easier to use on a mobile keyboard and for others it is to save the size of the text in messages.

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    • radhikasreflection
      February 14, 2017

      Good that you realised it before it was too late. Whatever be the reason Pranitha, I don’t endorse it simply because it kills the beauty of the language!

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  30. bedtimestories511
    March 3, 2017

    Well said… Language is losing it’s originality..it’s pitiable….when I watch old english movie and then the new one , I do not find difference in the words used and grammar taken care of…but it is not the same with Hindi. Hindi is in a dilapidated state. With the low level of vocabulary this generation has of Hindi , the rich old literature we have will only decorate the Govt Libraries.

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    • radhikasreflection
      March 3, 2017

      You are right. Somewhere down the line the people have diluted the beauty of the language, be it English or Hindi for their own whims and fancies! Thanks a lot for sharing your views!!

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